Master in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Almost no animal species, countries or parts of the ocean are unaffected by the enormous development of human beings. The master Political Science: Global Environmental Governance focuses on the political aspects and implications of topics as climate change, sustainability and nature. Are you interested in these topics and do you aim to graduate with an university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ Political Science: Global Environmental Governance at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam could be just what you are looking for.

Study programme

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory.

Humans now influence all biological and physical systems on the planet. The perennial question is how to organize the co-evolution of societies and their surrounding environment. Essential to this are the newly emerging structures of transnational cooperation and governance, which are at the heart of this specialization.

The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time programme, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master’s programme in Political Science at VU Amsterdam specializing in Global Environmental Governance, you will be capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you will be familiar with and have a solid foundation in the approaches used in the wider world of the social sciences. Graduates are well-equipped to undertake roles in organizations where coherent policy papers are produced, based on specialist reports from various disciplinary backgrounds.

The field of environmental policy is rapidly growing, both on the national as well as the European and international level. You can easily find yourself working as a policy analyst or advisor within an international governmental or non-governmental organization, the private sector, or a government ministry. You will also be well qualified to enter the field of journalism. Besides that, many graduate students choose to work in a commercial environment, as consultant or advisor.

The thorough application of research skills offered by the programme also prepares you for successful participation in PhD research in political science at our department or environmental policy at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam, or other postgraduate institutes around the world.

Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree

The Master’s degree programme in Political Science is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Political Science, International Relations or a closely related discipline. You must have had social sciences research methodology and good grades. You also need an excellent working command of English, and prove it with either the IELTS test (given by the British International English Language Testing Service; minimum score 7.0), or the TOEFL (the American Test of English as a foreign Language; minimum score 600 paper based, 250 computer based, or 100 Internet based). Exemptions from the language test requirement are only made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA